Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/21/17

Antetokounmpo’s Playmaking Value  (from Nick Sciria, Nylon Calculus):
How Brett Brown Got The Sixers Through “The Process”  (from Jessica Camerato, csnphilly.com):
Why Embiid Can Be The MVP (from Matt Orminski, Hashtag Basketball):
 The Bucks Are The Only EC Team Keeping Pace With The Sixers (from Christopher Kline, The Sixer Sense):
Tyus Jones Has Earned His Opportunity (from Michael Marzec, Hashtag Basketball):
OJ Mayo Fights To Save His NBA Career (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):
Nets: Rebuilding From Ground Up (from Shaun Powell, NBA.com):
Nuggets: Making Small Steps Toward Greatness (from Matthew Huff, Nugg Love):
Steve Kerr Interview, Part II  (from Scott Ostler, SF Chronicle):
Raptors: Can Norman Powell Be The Difference Maker? (from Thomas Rende, NBA Math):
Q&A: How Will The Tampering Charges Proceed? (from Ohm Youngmisuk/Bobby Marks, ESPN):
Ariza: Finally Getting His Due (from Kelly Iko, 94feetreport.com):
The Pistons Traded Continuity For Possibility (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):
2018 Draft: Are These Prospects Overhyped?  (from Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/7/17 PART ONE

Defensive Philosophy: Draymond Green Q & A (from Tim Kawakami, Mercury News):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/07/draymond-green/

The Week In Review (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19095972/zach-lowe-10-things-like-featuring-rajon-rondo-nba

 

 

 

Horford & The Celtics’ Defensive Rebounding Struggles (from Ian Levy, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/04/07/nylon-calculus-al-horford-celtics-defensive-rebounding/

Latest Twist In D’Antoni’s Offense (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):

Read it here:  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Latest-twist-in-Mike-D-Antoni-s-offense-taking-10969231.php?t=f10c5562a1438d9cbb&cmpid=twitter-premium

Why Chris Paul  Has Become The “Forgotten Man” (from Andrew Miller, 16 Wins):

Read it here:  https://16winsaring.com/chris-paul-has-become-the-forgotten-man-19d7ca0c391

Khris Middleton Is (Secretly) One Of The Best Players In The Assn. (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here:  https://theringer.com/nba-milwaukee-bucks-khris-middleton-secretly-great-23e6de47dc96

Kyle Lowry’s Return  (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/raptors/kyle-lowry-returns-raptors-emphasis/

Made-Up Awards For 2016-17  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  https://www.si.com/nba/2017/04/07/nba-awards-alternative-russell-westbrook-golden-state-warriors

–  Blake Griffin Is Heating Up  (from Bill Oram, OC Register):

Read it here: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/blake-748706-jordan-clippers.html

–  Will The Cavs Use A “Secret” Fix In The Playoffs?  (from Greg Swartz, Bleacher Report):

Read and watch it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2702251-the-cleveland-cavaliers-have-a-secret-weapon-for-playoffs-but-will-they-use-it

The Suns’ Chronic Fouling (from Chris Herring, Five Thirty Eight):

Read it here: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-suns-get-whistled-more-than-a-high-school-gym-class/

JVG Q & A (from Russ Bengtson, Complex.com):

Read it here:  http://www.complex.com/sports/2017/04/jeff-van-gundy-doesnt-think-its-guarantee-cavs-make-it-out-to-the-finals

Nogueira: Buried On Raptors’ Bench  (from Jordan Kligman, Hashtag Basketball):

Read it here:  http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/toronto-raptors/content/bebe-sleeps

The Timberwolves’ Improvements This Season (from Cyril Girgis, Dancing With Wolves):

Read and watch it here:  http://dunkingwithwolves.com/2017/04/07/3-areas-timberwolves-improved-last-season/

MIP Candidates (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2701552-metrics-101-whos-really-the-nbas-most-improved-player

The COY Candidates (from Matthew Perez, Air Alamo):

Read it here:  http://airalamo.com/2017/04/07/a-case-for-gregg-popovich-coach-year/

Budenholzer: Still An Elite Coach  (from Xavier Cooper, Soaring Down South):

Read it here:  http://soaringdownsouth.com/2017/04/07/dont-let-this-season-fool-you-mike-budenholzer-is-still-one-of-the-nbas-elite-coaches/

Kings’ Rookie Skal Labissiere (from Josh Martin, Bleacher Report):

Read and watch it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2700638-god-has-a-plan-the-seas-have-parted-for-kings-rookie-skal-labissiere

NOTE:  This is PART ONE of today’s Basketball Intelligence.  We will publish PART TWO later today.  Stay tuned.

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/5/17

Khris Middleton: The Perfect Complement To Giannis (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):

Read and watch it here: http://fansided.com/2017/04/05/khris-middleton-bucks-giannis-playoffs/

GSW 121, MIN 107 (from Anthony Slater, Mercury News):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/04/warriors-sprint-away-from-timberwolves-with-another-dominant-third-quarter/

When Klay Thompson Takes Over (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read and watch it here: https://www.si.com/nba/2017/04/04/warriors-klay-thompson-kevin-durant-stephen-curry-steve-kerr

Steph Curry Is Magic Again  (from Dan Devine, Yahoo Sports):

Read and watch it here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/the-warriors-arent-better-without-kevin-durant-but-stephen-currys-become-magic-again-171130054.html

David West: Giving GSW More Than Its Money’s Worth (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/warriors/david-west-giving-warriors-more-than-their-moneys-worth/

Testing An Innovative Approach To Crunch Time (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read it here” http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19078511/zach-lowe-basketball-tournament-innovative-end-game-rule

Sixth Man Of The Year Candidates (from Ian Levy, The Step Back):

Read it here: http://fansided.com/2017/04/05/argument-every-2016-17-sixth-man-candidate/

Paul George Is Playing At All-NBA Level Again  (from Cameron Stewart, 16 Wins):

Read it here: https://16winsaring.com/paul-george-is-playing-like-a-superstar-again-a6070448201b

Jaylen Brown: Still Not Getting The Credit He Deserves (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here:  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/04/05/jaylen-brown-continues-to-be-overlooked/

Shelvin Mack Adds To Jazz’ Versatile PG Position  (from Adam Coffman, Purple And Blues):

Read and watch it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/04/utah-jazz-shelvin-mack-adds-point-guard/

Prospects To Watch In D-League Playoffs (from Chris Reichert, The Step Back):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/04/05/d-league-tavares-moreland-brown-blue-playoffs/

James Johnson MIP?  (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):

Read it here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article142672154.html

Bradley, Smart, Crowder: Celtics’ Unmatched Defensive Trio  (from Marc D’Amico, Celtics.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/celtics/news/sidebar/prac-040417-bostons-defensive-trio-is-unmatched-in-nba/

–  How Will The NBA  Address The Star Player DNP-Rest Issue? (from Tom Haberstroh, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/page/presents19071734/end-82-game-nba-season

–  How Dirk Has Changed The Game  (from Jonathan Abrams, Bleacher Report):

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2700301-generation-dirk-nowitzkis-heirs-on-how-the-dunking-deutschman-changed-the-game

–  Dirk: Relishing His New Role As Mentor (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19078307/nba-dirk-nowitzki-relishing-new-role-dallas-mavericks-mentor

Singular Trait Links Saric’s Qualities (from Brian Seltzer, Sixers.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/seltzers-notebook-singular-trait-links-sarics-endearing-qualities

Is Nwaba A Keeper?  (from Shereen Rayan):

Read it here: https://lakeshowlife.com/2017/04/04/lakers-newest-player-david-nwaba-proving-keeper/

QOTN (from SVG on the Magic’s “Leaked” Board):

“I don’t know that it has any relevance. There’s no big secret there. He’s got the names of good hybrid forwards on the board. Well, we all like those guys. It not like he’s got a secret list. Like, ‘Oh, you like that guy. I would have never thought of that.’ There were no surprises there, it was simply a working board. … I don’t know if there’s any NBA general manager, president or anything who can take a look at that list and do anything with it or gain any advantage by it.”

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/1/17

Philly Sets, Middleton’s Post Moves, Conley’s Floater, More (from Adam Spinella, Bball Breakdown):

Read and watch it here:  https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/03/31/from-the-coaches-seat-philly-sets-bucks-middletons-post-moves-conleys-floater-and-more/

 Taj Gibson: Enjoying A Change Of Pace With OKC  (from David Ramil, The Step Back):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/03/31/taj-gibson-change-pace-oklahoma-city-thunder/

The Week In Review (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read and watch it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19042157/zach-lowe-10-things-like-featuring-james-harden-runway-moves-nba

Jordan Crawford Is Revitalizing HIs Career (from Maxwell Ogden, Hoops Habit):

Read and watch it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/01/new-orleans-pelicans-jordan-crawford-nba-career/

Greg Monroe Finds His Niche  (from Maxwell Ogden, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/31/milwaukee-bucks-greg-monroe-sixth-man-year/

From Jay Spanbauer, Behind The Buck Pass: http://behindthebuckpass.com/2017/03/31/greg-monroe-impresses-as-sixth-man-for-milwaukee-bucks/

Bucks’ Thom Maker Shines In Overtime Win  (from Charles F Gardner, jsonline):

Read it here:  http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2017/03/31/bucks-108-pistons-105-maker-shines-overtime-win/99825060/

Luwawu-Cabarrot: Another Piece Of Sixers’ Future  (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/76ers/76ers-another-piece-future-timothe-luwawu-cabarrot/

Pelicans: DMC & AD Are Finding Their Rhythm  (from Jeff Duncan, NOLA.com):

Read it here: http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.ssf/2017/04/as_boogie_cousins_finds_his_rh.html

Why Nurkic’s Injury Is A Big Deal For The Dubs  (from Andrew Lynch, Fox Sports):

Read it here: http://www.foxsports.com/nba/story/jusuf-nurkic-portland-trail-blazers-injury-fractured-leg-playoffs-denver-nuggets-golden-state-warriors-033117

DeAndre Liggins’ Defense (from Quenton Albertie, King James Gospel):

Read it here:  http://linkis.com/kingjamesgospel.com/0peZ2

Behind The Scenes: Life On A 10-Day  (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):

Read it here: http://hoopshype.com/2017/04/01/a-behind-the-scenes-look-at-life-on-10-day-contract-in-the-nba/

Cavs’ James Jones: “There’s No Such Thing As Flipping A Switch” (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2017/04/cleveland_cavaliers_veteran_ja.html

D-League Detour Leads Griz’ Rookies On Path Toward Progress  (from Michael Lee, grizzlies.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/grizzlies/news/grind-city-media/weekend-focus-d-league-rookies-170331

D-League DPOY Candidates  (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here: http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/3/31/15126608/dleague-nba-2016-17-nbadl-defensive-player-of-the-year-finalists

Highlights From Yabusele’s 1st D-League Game  (from Erik Johnson, celticslife.com):

Read and watch it here: http://www.celticslife.com/2017/04/guerschon-yabusele-was-impressive-in.html

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/23/17

Jokic: The Unlikely Superstar Who Is Transforming The Nuggets  (from Mike Prada, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2017/3/23/15036048/nikola-jokic-highlights-video-denver-nuggets-nba

Dragic Has Orchestrated The Heat’s Offensive Leap (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/heat/goran-dragic-orchestrated-heats-offensive-leap/

Finally, A Healthy Bradley Beal  (from Nicholas Arguelles, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read it here:  https://16winsaring.com/bradley-beal-trusting-the-process-4126e7728e60#.rj1wb09od

MKG: Lots Of Pace, No Space  (from Max Seng, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/michael-kidd-gilchrist-has-lots-of-pace-and-no-space-805617034e57#.xz2onb4gr

Hoiberg On Robin Lopez (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/bulls/features/coach-hoiberg-robin-lopez

The Numbers Show Where You Are Right And Wrong About Tristan Thompson (from Kevin Nye, Hashtag Basketball):

Read it here:  http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/cleveland-cavaliers/content/numbers-lie-tristan-thompson

Storylines For The Homestretch  (from Michael Pina, Sports On Earth):

Read it here: http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/220257858/7-nba-storylines-to-watch-final-2-weeks

Mavs Impressed With Noel’s Progress (from Dwain Price, star-telgram.com):

Read it here:  http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/nba/dallas-mavericks/article140227508.html

Meyers Leonard: Playing On One Leg  (from Jason Quick, csnnw.com):

Read it here: http://www.csnnw.com/portland-trail-blazers/meyers-leonard-limited-he-tries-play-through-hip-and-back-pain

Rest May Have Been Turning Point For GSW  (from Michael Shultz, Blue Man Hoop):

Read it here: http://bluemanhoop.com/2017/03/23/rest-golden-state-warriors-season/

Marcus Smart Cooks Up Another Batch Of Winning Plays (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

Read it here: http://insider.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4725615/marcus-smart-cooks-up-another-batch-of-winning-plays

Olynyk’s Hot Streak Boosts His Confidence  (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):

Read it here: http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/2017/03/bulpett_kelly_olynyk_s_hot_streak_boosts_his_confidence

Jameer Nelson Has Found New Life In Denver (from Brendan Vogt, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/jameer-nelson-finds-new-life-in-denver-9a7be49c1a10#.wa3ftk1xd

Role Player Of The Week: Avery Bradley (from Donnie Kolakowski, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/celtics/role-player-week-avery-bradley/

 Brandon Jennnings On His Time With Knicks  (from Stefan Bondy, NY Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/brandon-jennings-opens-wrong-knicks-article-1.3006188

DeRozan: Stepping Up In Lowry’s Absence (from Justin Rowan, Hoops Habit):

Read it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/23/toronto-raptors-demar-derozan-complete/

DeRozan Has Taken His Post Game To The Next Level  (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):

Read and watch it here: http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/demar-derozan-post-offense-stats-breakdown-highlights-video-kobe-bryant/szxbvoihhza3za5q7thakqt2

What The Pelicans’ Offensive Gelling Looks Like  (from Jake Madison, Bourbon Street Shots):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.bourbonstreetshots.com/2017/03/23/what-the-offensive-gelling-looks-like/

Middleton Has The Bucks Slowing Down And Heating Up  (from Louis Keene, VICE Sports):

Read and watch it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/khris-middleton-has-the-bucks-slowing-down-and-heating-up/

–  The Smartest NBA Teams Don’t Go Mad Over NCAA Tournament Performances (from Sam Vecenie,  VICE Sports):

Read it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_au/article/prisoners-of-the-moment-how-the-ncaa-tournament-affects-nba-draft-stock

The Spurs’ 10-Game Review: Volume Seven  (from Paul Garcia, The Sports Daily):

Read it here: http://thesportsdaily.com/project-spurs/spurs-10-game-review-volume-7/

Spurs: Tony Parker’s 2017 Impact (from Collin Reid, The Sports Daily):

Read it here: http://thesportsdaily.com/project-spurs/tony-parkers-impact-for-the-2017-spurs/

MIP Watch (from Buddy Grizzard, Basketball insiders):

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/most-improved-player-watch/

Why The Wolves Signed Casspi  (from Ben Beecken, Dunking With Wolves):

Read it here:  http://dunkingwithwolves.com/2017/03/23/timberwolves-sign-omri-casspi/

Nwaba’s Long Road  (from Lee Altman, dleague.nba.com):

Read it here: http://dleague.nba.com/news/david-nwaba-lakers-contract-dfenders-nba-dleague-feature/